While those mid-century cooks might have had some crazy ideas about gelatine and canned meats, they definitely had a way with cookies. This chocolate/coconut cookie recipe by Sister Maria Jose Cannon, a nun from Honolulu, won her the $2,500 third prize in the 5th annual Pillsbury Bake Off in 1954. See the full recipe.
This recipe was complex in that it seemed to have a lot of steps and ingredients, but easy in the respect that there wasn't a lot of opportunity for error. They definitely taste more chocolatey than coconuty, although the coconut is a nice touch. When I first tried one, I was surprised at how moist and tender they were. My boyfriend said "They're like coconut dunkin' donuts" which was a pretty accurate assessment of the chocolate cake-y cookies with the sweet chocolate frosting. The shelf life was good and they were still tender a few days after they were baked. This one gets a thumbs up all around.
Here is another mid-century modern dish pattern that can still be easily found on ebay. Canonsburg's "temporama" can still be had for reasonable prices, although more desirable pieces (such as this butter dish) go for a bit more.
From today (May 5) until May 12, Mid-century-modern.com is having a sale on all products manufactured by Knoll. For one week, get 43% off and free shipping! They're still expensive, mind you, but a $1000 piece of furniture for less than $600 is worth checking out if you've got a chunk of spending money. If not, just browse the pretty pictures and sigh.
Don't have room for a hotrod? How about a stylish, flamejob-sporting bicycle? The Cruiser models at electrabike.com come in styles from the more classic sleek retro look of the Cruiser Deluxe (above) to more Kustomized, flamed-up Rat Fink and Rat Rod models. They range in price between about $200 and $400 and there are less-expensive versions for kids.